I APPROACH this somewhat obscure subject with diffidence because I have had so little experience in it and am still not at all sure that I shall ever be what might be called a good operator because there is little doubt that they are few and far between, as are musicians and artists. Henry de France writing on the subject makes the following remarks:

“Nowadays there are numerous psychic circles in which operators known as mediums, clairvoyants, etc., get results of the same kind as those in which our teleradiesthetists excel. I think I can say that although these mediums, or most of them, are genuine professionals, they are easily surpassed by teleradiesthetists, although they are mostly amateurs.”

I have discussed this with a highly developed amateur medium and he was of opinion that teleradiesthesia is similar in many ways to what they term psychometry, with this very marked difference, that mediums can look into the future whereas teleradiesthetists are tied to the past and present. I am not in a position to say whether one is better than the other; both require a very special aptitude if satisfactory results are to be achieved and both must have some object as a “sample”, the only difference being that the medium has no need to use a pendulum, although t believe that there are some teleradiesthetists who become so proficient that they can dispense with the pendulum. There is no doubt that some water diviners can detect water without the use of an instrument of any kind. This is certainly the case in India and f have recently read of a young South African who is able to see water, gold or coal as if they were actually on the surface and was very surprised when he found that other people couldn’t do the same. Needless to say his services are in great demand in a country like South Africa.

Whether a sample is to be used by a radiesthetist or a medium it is essential that it should have been handled by as few people as possible, other than the original owner and the operator.

A short while ago I read a very interesting article in a magazine which had carried out a test of a medium’s power of psycho-metary. There were several samples: a walking stick, a watch and, I think, a bowler hat. There was a photograph of the medium, whose name I forget, seated at a table almost surrounded by people including the Editor, Sub-Editor, article writer and so on. The samples were on the table which, I feel sure, had been handled by everyone in the room before they came into the possession of the medium. Needless to say the seance was not a great success in fact, far from it, but had the medium been allowed to carry out his test alone and the samples not handled by several people just prior to the test, I feel sure that the results would have been different, but of course wouldn’t have made much of a story. A test carried out under such conditions, in a crowded room, etc., is, to my mind, not unlike several programmes being sent out from a radio transmitter on the same wavelength and expecting a receiving set to pick out the required programme.

I have proved, to my own satisfaction at any rate, that the influence of any person other than the owner remains after they have handled it, only for a short while. I did this in the following manner. I gave my cigarette case to a party of five people with the request that, while I was out of the room, one of them should hold the sample for five minutes. When I returned I found the case on the table and, with my pendulum, I was able to indicate the one that had held the cigarette case, but only once, after that the influence seemed to have gone. I have already sounded a word of warning regarding the handling of samples. It is, in my opinion, of the utmost importance in the case of radiesthesia as it is, I have no doubt, for mediums.

I have already explained that the teleradiesthetist obtains his information by asking a series of questions and obtaining an answer by the positive or negative gyrations of the pendulum.

As I have had no outstanding experiences myself I can but give instances culled from the many books I have read on the subject, the majority of which are French and Italian, and I have every reason to believe that they are genuine.

Henry de France tells an interesting story of a certain Doctor Alfred Roux of Vichy and how he, by chance, became a convert to radiesthesia. A friend of his lent him a pendulum and told him how to use it. The Doctor, more for amusement than anything else, tried the pendulum over a letter he had just received from an unknown client. He put a series of questions, such as a description of the new client, the state of her health, etc. Nearly all the answers proved to be correct with the result that Doctor Roux took up radiesthesia and had the reputation of being one of the best radiesthetic doctors in the country.

From the same author we get another story regarding a M. Treyve, a highly developed teleradiesthetist, and the manager of a large horticultural establishment near Moulins where a large number of men were employed. One day he saw one of the men getting over a fence and thinking that he was probably going to visit one of the numerous cafes in the town followed him with his pendulum. When the man returned an hour later, he sent for him and said: “You have been absent for an hour withoul leave and have visited such-and-such a cafe in the town. You ordered a litre of red wine and invited Iwo friends, who happened to be passing, to share it with you.” Apparently the man fled, saying that M. Trevye was a sorcerer, but it stopped absenteeism.